Since she was preceded by four generations of musicians, it was only natural that Shelkah Francis began playing piano at age 6. Now, with music degrees and nearly two decades of teaching experience to her name, she helps kids discover the same early love of music that has guided her through life and mythical journeys to the underworld. Kindermusik with Ms. Shelkah uses a curriculum practiced around the world that provides age-appropriate music lessons to babies, toddlers, and kids, teaching them musical aptitude as well as social skills. She also teaches youth and adults how to play individual instruments, write music, and prepare for auditions.
Much like the familiar fishing adage, Mission Possible Tutors believes that if you help a student with homework, they learn for a day, but if you help them create their own strategies for overcoming learning obstacles, they will be prepared for a lifetime of education. During study sessions, tutors set specific goals to help children develop problem-solving skills, build confidence, and cement their own personal study strategies. Mission Possible’s areas of expertise include ESL, reading, writing, spelling, math, problem solving, study skills, and science.
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CraZ TechZ's accessible instructors get the gears turning in brains with hands-on tech classes where kids aged 7–17 learn how to operate computers and complete technological projects. After-school programs entertain students' curiosity in such subjects as using Microsoft Office, programming video games, and creating animated movies. Week-long school-break and summer camps thoroughly explore tech topics over four to five days, each session ending with wistful camp songs sung around a floppy-disk bonfire. The school also offers adult classes in programs such as web design, programming, and Flash, and hosts kid-friendly computer-gaming parties on its fleet of machines.
It may start with the feet, but dancing is an art form that engages the whole body in rhythmic movement. All of this twisting, turning, and twirling can seem intimidating to a person with no background in any of the world's hundreds of dance styles, but everybody has to start somewhere. That's why EveryBuddy Dance Studios caters to dancers of all experience levels and inclinations. The studio's instructors are happy to teach students whichever style compels them to move, whether it's salsa, samba, tango, or the worm. They lead private classes as well as sessions that cater to couples and larger groups.